Hendersonville, NC - Mary E. Katz (Pruitt), beloved wife and mother, of Hendersonville,
North Carolina, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday,
February 16, 2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, following a brief
illness. She was 77 years old.
Mary was born on July 31, 1941 in Pascola, Missouri to John H and Pearl Carroll. In
1951, her family moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan.
In 1973, she married Kenneth Katz and together they raised their blended family, first
residing in St. Joseph, Michigan, then moving to Asheville, North Carolina in 1975. They
also resided in later years in St. Petersburg, Florida and Bluffton, South Carolina. Ken
and Mary recently relocated to Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Upon retiring from First Union, Mary together with her husband, Ken, opened a Wild
Birds Unlimited store in 1991 in Asheville, North Carolina. They continued to enjoy
working at their store together for several years.
She is preceded in death by her husband Kennth Katz, step-daughter Joan Allen
(survived by Robert), her brothers Leslie O. Carroll and Jerry W. Carroll and her
parents, Pearl and John Carroll. She is survived by her brother Milburn Carroll (Jeanne)
of Stillwater, Minnesota, and her children from her blended family: Deborah Grondman
(Randy) of Alto, Michigan; Charles Bruder (Terese) of West Lafayette, Indiana; Susan
Katz McFall (Mark) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; James Katz of Hendersonville, North
Carolina; and Julie Katz (Celeste) of McKinleyville, California; their grandchildren:
Cortney Howell, Tyler Howell, Scott Grondman (Ater), Christopher Grondman, Tabatha
Winter (Jon), Dannielle Bruder (JR), Patrick Hayes (Jacqueline), Paul Hayes,
Christopher Hayes, Ryan Allen (Cristina), Cory Allen (Katelyn), Savannah Dudley (Eric),
Chelsea Froning (Zach), Corinne Froning (Jake), Keenan McFall (Rebecca), Payton
McFall, and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Mary and Kenneth Katz on April 20, 2019 in Battle
Creek, Michigan at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Visitation will be at noon with the
service following at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Mary may be made to the
National Audubon Society (www.audubon.org) or the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org).